Start where You are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

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Shambhala Publications, 2004 - Philosophy - 221 pages
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This is a beautiful, gift book edition (with a ribbon marker) of a modern-day classic. Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön, author of The Wisdom of No Escape and When Things Fall Apart, presents down-to-earth guidance on how to make friends with ourselves and develop genuine compassion toward others. The author shows how we can "start where we are" by embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as:

   *  "Always apply a joyful state of mind"
   *  "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness"
   *  "Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment"


Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our own inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.
  

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One of the clearest explanations of Buddhist thought I have ever read. Read full review

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A delightful, thought-provoking book that requires a second, slower and more contemplative read. My initial thoughts are that this book could be summed appropriately with the philosophy "Don't sweat ... Read full review

Contents

No Escape No Problem
1
No Big Deal
12
Pulling Out the Rug
20
Let the World Speak for Itself
27
Poison as Medicine
36
Start Where You Are
44
Bringing All That We Meet to the Path
60
Drive All Blames into One
69
Lighten Up
130
Abandon Any Hope of Fruition
136
Compassionate Action
144
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Actions
156
Communication from the Heart
165
The Big Squeeze
175
HighStakes Practice
190
Train Wholeheartedly
201

Be Grateful to Everyone
77
Cutting the Solidity of Thoughts
87
Overcoming Resistance
97
Empty Boat
109
Teachings for Life and Death
115
LovingKindness and Compassion
124
The Root Text of the Seven Points of Training the Mind
207
Bibliography
213
Resources
215
Index of Slogans
219
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About the author (2004)

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and one of the foremost students of Chögyam Trungpa, the renowned meditation master. She is the author of The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, and The Places That Scare You, and she is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners.


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